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Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen is Professor of Applied Linguistics in Education at the Department of Education. She Joined the University of Bath in September 2017. Prior to her current position, she held academic posts at the University of Reading (UK); National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and McGill University (Canada).
Her research interests encompass ideological, sociocultural-cognitive and policy perspectives on language learning with particular focus on children’s multilingual education and biliteracy development. Within these broad perspectives, her research addresses three main issues:
- What education policy in general and language-in-education policy in particular provide affordances or constraints in supporting minority language learners to narrow the education gap?
- How do various linguistic and non-linguistic forces influence and interact with macro, meso and micro-level language policy and classroom policy to facilitate or inhibit literacy and language development?
- How do teachers’ and parents’ ideological convictions affect their socialisation and pedagogical practices, and how are these convictions reflected in their discursive practices?
To address these three broad research issues, she has examined language policies in mainstream schools and transnational migration contexts in Quebec, France, Singapore and the UK on topics of curriculum policy, language-in-educational policy and family language policy. Committed to migrant children’s overall social and academic wellbeing, her recent research projects have examined how language policy at national, educational, and institutional levels impact on individual agency.
She is the principal investigator of an ESRC funded project entitled Family Language Policy: A Multi-Level Investigation of Multilingual Practices in Transnational Families.
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Increasing the Visibility of British Chinese Communities’ Health and Physical Activity Experiences in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES)
30/04/21 → 30/10/22
Project: Research-related funding
Leading Change Management in Educational Systems: --- A Blended Training Programme for Indian Senior Education Leaders and Policy Implementors
1/03/21 → 31/03/22
Project: Research council
McKinley, J., Rose, H. & Curdt-Christiansen, X. L., 15 Apr 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Applied Linguistics Review .
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Curdt-Christiansen, X. L., 25 Jul 2022, The researchED guide to English as an Additional Language . John Catt Educational Ltd., p. 97-110 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Curdt-Christiansen, X. L., 31 Dec 2022, In: International Journal of Multilingualism. 19, 3, p. 466-475 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Building Bridges between Multilingual Families and schools: Developing New Theoretical and Methodological Frameworks.Curdt-Christiansen, X. L., 14 Jul 2021.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
Conflicting Linguistic Identities: Language Choices of Parents and their Children in Rural Migrant Workers' FamiliesYang, H. & Curdt-Christiansen, X. L., 31 Dec 2021, In: Current Issues in Language Planning. 22, 4, p. 408-426
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (SciVal)20 Downloads (Pure)